With enough self-confidence, we all begin to view ourselves, in some degree, as “messiahs” in our own respective fields and in our minds. Why would you not base your actions around your ideal life philosophy? The “Messiah” complex — the notion that “I believe, despite subjective nature of my rationality, that I am RIGHT and that you should trust my judgment.” We base everything, from positive and negative interactions, around this belief — until it changes and we become empathetic to the grander and more selfless ideas based in love.
But do we, really? Frankly, the ones who continue being right continue to do so due to a combination of having a sense for what the whole is thinking, at least in their particular location on the planet, and being charismatic enough to convince everyone of their own reality. The thing about conscious awareness is that we are always trying to get the most out of every situation, simply because we are aware of choice. Additionally, we at least have some idea of what would be a better outcome relative to our own personal tastes and personality/mindset. Thus, every action, in our own minds and at said moment, is the right one to take.
Think about how you rationalize your choices at their core — “Because I like it”, because you believe it is ‘right’, the only natural option of the moment, the only embraceable decision. If your chosen action is proven to not be as perfect as your perceptions allow, be prepared to show the world your negative side. Selflessness allows you to see past this, but only to a certain point. The more you break down your actions, what you are doing, the more likely deep, core motives are actually contradicting what you would perceive to be selflessness.
If you are helping people because that genuinely makes you happy, then are you helping people to help people? Is it possible that because your experiences with helping people have been positive ones, that the feeling is what you seek — not the charity itself? True selflessness is not even acknowledging favors or kind acts you are doing for another — it’s considering these actions STANDARD — the DEFAULT. To never expect a “thank you”, because anything other than selflessness is derived pervertedly from your default “HELP ALL HUMANS” outlook.
In other words, the messiah complex is an oxymoron. Those who are genuinely selfless would never acknowledge such a thing. Those who acknowledge their charitable actions in a manner which encourages an ego or elevates their being above the rest of the world are clearly not selfless. There can never again be a true messiah, as if he/she exists, we would never hear from him/her. The minute you hear of a messiah’s existence, you know it to be false, because true godliness (my definition of godliness = striving to operate at peak human potential) understands that living up to your potential is what should be expected, not something that is beyond the norm or deserves compensation.